Something a little different the younger generation of today and food for thought for baby boomer’s considered to be someone born during the demographic birth boom between 1946 and 1964.
GenYers don’t talk on phones any more even though they all carry one? They seem to have developed a whole new abbreviated text language (coupled with RSI speed thumbs) and prefer to send strings of often misunderstood half duplex messages describing tiny happenings in their day/night. Technology continues to accelerate and change our lives, sometimes subtly, sometimes very blatantly. There was a time when we used to actually visit our local bank (provided we could make it before closing time); we used to go and see the second hand cars for sale instead of firing up Trademe on our Android phone or computer; we used to take photos and develop them a year later ( when we had used the whole film, of course) only to discover that many of the images were blurred or out of focus (but we kept them anyway because we’d paid for them).
As technology advances, so does our concept of time. If the microwave is taking two minutes to heat our meal, we strum our fingers on the counter and sigh (conveniently forgetting that this cooking process used to take our parents a couple of hours); if we can’t find what we’re looking for on the internet immediately (or if the internet is running “slow”), we shake our heads in frustration.
Imagine saying to your great grandparents that one day you’ll able to “carry” a single very-small device, that plays movies, talks to a satellite and tells you where you are; sends and receives written messages, photos and videos through the air; has your diary inside; enables you to read and buy books without going to a library or a book store; takes high quality photos and videos; enables you to write a book anywhere any time; allows you to video chat to your family thousands of miles away; pays for goods without money; carries your ID for boarding an aircraft; allows you to draw and paint without ink, canvas or pencils; can recognise your voice; can read a book to you; stores thousands of songs and hundreds of movies; enables you to watch TV anytime anywhere and acts as a remote for electronic devices in your home or office. Wow! Oh!, I almost forgot, it also allows you to “talk to people”… if you really want to. Gen Y has grown up with all of the above, with so much more to come.
Have you discovered that the longer you are alive, the less you “know”? We all have our opinions about everything and everybody. Yet most of what we “know” is actually our accepted definition of the world around us.
Video talking on Skype, taking notes in Word, checking emails and drinking coffee “all at the same time” used to make one feel proud, until these power-users were discovered lurking in their bedrooms.
There seems that a whole new breed of person evolving around me. They have developed skills that I do not wish to master, skills that allow them to connect with similar beings, using multiple forms of social media communication. They surf the internet, chat on 3-4 video calls, respond to instant text messages, watch TV, text each other, play online computer games and watch youtube movies, all simultaneously. This is the world that GenY lives in.
If this concept makes your head spin, then welcome to the new generation gap: GenY. Kids who are fourteen years old have already mastered this multi tasking technology dance.
The Millennial Generation (or Gen Y), like other generations, has been shaped by the events, leaders, developments and trends of its time. The rise of instant communication technologies made possible through use of the internet, such as email, texting, and IM and new media used through websites like YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook,MySpace, and Twitter, may explain the Millennials’ reputation for being somewhat peer-oriented due to easier facilitation of communication through technology. This young generation is the first native online population. This alone has set the tone for how they act, react, and see the world. They are vastly different from their parent’s generation. Expression and acceptance is highly important to this generation. Expression in the way they dress, their hair styles, their stance, walk and even the way they talk and communicate. Clothing helps them to express themselves, and youth often choose clothing to reflect their unique personality.
Unfortunately, Generation Y is kitchen illiterate. Forget about sewing or whittling or churning butter or barn raising, making dinner from scratch is just as much of a mystery. This might be the price of being raised by the first generation of working women.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 2011 Southland NZ
GenY v’s Boomers
Generation Y Fashion, hair style, accessories, posture, some with a smoke and mobile phone.